Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients

$333,370 Awarded This Year; $1.6 Million Over Past Seven Years

Katy, TX ~ The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its seventh year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. Grant funds are raised through annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts three major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 17, 2019, GROOVE and Reason2Race, both in the spring of 2020. BP, the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact foundation@katyisd.org, 281-396-6031 or visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.

About the Katy ISD Education Foundation –The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both.  To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently awarded more than $333,000 in teacher grants, bringing its seven-year grant program total to $1.6 million. Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 different campuses received funding for innovative classroom projects for the 2019-2020 school year.

Individual Grants – One teacher for up to $1,000

King Elementary, S.M.I.L.E. it’s Monday, Sarah Western; Williams Elementary, Princesses, Dragons and Percussion, Oh My!; Jennifer Patterson

Team of Two Grants – Two teachers for up to $2,500

Bryant Elementary3D Innovators, Led by Nidia Casillas; Griffin ElementaryGrowing Up Gardening, Led by Carla Morgan; Holland ElementaryCitizen Scientists: Weather Station, Led by Stephanie Nady; Katy High SchoolPocket Prairie Plants, Led by Rhonda Burrough; Katy Junior HighWhere’s the Dirt???, Led by Jennifer LeBlanc; McDonald Junior HighComfortable Seating for Building Reading, Led by Laura Berg; Morton Ranch High SchoolBrains & Brawn, Led by Pamela Pfile; Morton Ranch High SchoolLiteracy Contagion, Led by Alicia Blankenship; Shafer ElementaryUke Can Be A Lifelong Musician!, Led by Melanie Braddy; Stanley Elementary, “Uke” can do it! All aBOARD the Ukelele Train!, Led by Chrisinta Tschauner; We Take Reading “Series”- ously, Led by Stephanie Jones; Sundown ElementaryWorld Drumming Initiative, Led by Nancy Bransom; Tompkins High SchoolDrunk Driving and Identifying Skeletal Remains, Led by Stephanie Chronister; Traumatic Brain Injuries, Led by Lisa Gibbons; Winborn ElementaryCome Code With Me, Led by Denise Harrell; WoodCreek ElementaryXenial Xylophones, Led by Bonnie McSpadden

Team Grants – Three or more teachers for up to $5,000

Alexander ElementarySensory Path to Success, Led by Amy Davies; Beckendorff Junior HighChecking Out Mindful Learning, Led by Alicia Leung; Bethke ElementaryCreating a Culture of Curiosity, Led by Katie Beard; Expedition OSMO, Led by Pamela Richardson; Math in Action, Led by Julie Fish; Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Led by Jennifer Johnson; Sensory Pathway to Learning, Led by Dana Stavinoha; Bryant ElementaryEngagement and Beyond!, Led by Stacey Colton; Powerful Passion Projects!, Led by Penelope Flores; Cardiff Junior HighLiving (and Learning) LARGE, Led by Karen Edmundson; Cinco Ranch High SchoolStarring in a Breakout Role, Led by Elizabeth Smalley; Coleman Support AnnexAdaptive Behavior Social Skills through PE Activities, Led by Abigail Wylie; Creech ElementaryOnce Upon a STREAM, Led by Rebecca Fielden; Davidson ElementaryCoaster Architects Wanted-May the Force Be With You, Led by Reagan Harris; Early Childhood InterventionMovin’ & Groovin’- Developing Infant & Toddler Motor Skills, Led by Sara Katz; Fielder ElementaryJunior Coding, Led by Kathy Counterman; STEM in Action, Led by Jennifer Lowenthal; Swivling Students to Success, Led by Autumn Stewart; Golbow ElementaryAn Out Of The Box Experience: Breakout EDU!, Led by Lauren Stewart; Hayes ElementaryCelebrate Good Writing, Come On!, Led by Kim Radzicki; Inquiring Scientists Want to Know!, Led by Frankie Morris; Wild Weather, Led by Brittney Brown; Jenks ElementaryCapture the Moment, Led by Casey Fragosa; Clay and Music Connect the Creative Souls, Led by Lisa Pickard; Creating Science Critics, Led by Ana Alonso; Everyone Speak Up “Your Voice Matters”, Led by Annalisa Matzen; Inspiring the Science and Technology Leaders of Tomorrow, Led by Karen Henao; Rhythmic Rumbles with Rhythmical Movement, Led by Kashif Aleem; Up, Up and Away, Led by Christina Mitchell; Katy ElementaryBoosting Brainpower Through Action Based Learning, Led by Amber Kell; SteamWorks, Led by Andrea Taylor; Katy High SchoolInclusive Balls for CPE, Led by Shanna Marhofer; Katy Junior HighClose the Refrigerator Door!!!, Led by Barbara Smith; Friendship Grows Project, Led by Lesley Craig Unkefer; Kilpatrick ElementaryHip Hip Hurray for Pretend Play!, Led by Kelly Schuler; Little Storytellers, Even Bigger Ideas, Led by Laura Bennett; Music for All, Led by Jessica Guest; King ElementaryConstructing Language Through Play, Led by Martha Luna Loya; On Board with Board Books, Led by Michelle Teinert; Readers’ Theater to Increase Reading Readiness and Expertise, Led by Katherine Treadaway; Mayde Creek High SchoolGucci Reads (Good Books), Led by Patricia Wangler; Mayde Creek Junior High, Scholastic Scholars, Led by Sarah Worthen; McMeans Junior HighESL High Interest Low Level Novels, Led by Allison Farris; Here Comes The Sun, Led by Kristine Moline; Memorial Parkway Junior HighTALONS Tournament, Led by Miriam Udo; Miller Career & Technology CenterNeedles and Blood- Oh My! Certification Stacking Essentials, Led by Jennifer Dugger; Veterinary Assisting Collection and Analysis Lab Equipment, Led by Ashlie Bowen; Morton Ranch ElementaryDrumming As One: A Community of Culture and Performance, Led by Paul Cimini; Story Baskets, Led by Amy Jones; Morton Ranch High SchoolSpread Kindness Around Like Confetti School Pantry Project, Led by Shaundra Kiser; Step Into History, Led by Sarah Gonzalez; Nottingham Country ElementaryBuilding a Literate Life: Family Reading Time, Led by Caroline Wolf; READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover Part 2, Led by Heather Villarreal; Paetow High SchoolC-3PO- Programming for the Future, Led by Mary Ann Miron; Rhoads ElementaryPlaying with STEM: There’s Science in Music!, Led by Stephanie Bradley; Shafer ElementaryMultisensory Project, Led by Stephanie Sharifi; Science on the Go – Thinking Outside the Classroom, Led by Stacey Stokes; Stanley ElementarySensory Overload, Led by Cayla Solis; Stephens ElementaryGrowing Leaners Outside the Classroom, Led by Stacy Slater; Sundown ElementaryThe Genius Hour, Led by Audra Gorsuch; Tays Junior HighExploring Soft Robotics, Led by Stephen Bennett; Tompkins High SchoolLet’s Argue!, Led by Victoria Wernau; Mental Health Support for High School Students, Led by Michelle Tuttle; Student Centered STEM Investigations, Led by Jason Daigle; West Memorial Junior High, Do You See What I See?, Led by Erin Wise; Williams ElementaryKoding in Kinder- It’s never too early to learn to code!, Led by Stephanie Sparkman; Oh the Places We’ll Go With Our Chromebooks in Tow, Led by Lindsey Zhang; Wilson ElementaryDrum a Rhythm; Sing a Story!, Led by Brooke Yubaile; Winborn ElementaryFull STEAM Ahead: Creating Sound Stories, Led by Christen Jones; Wolman ElementaryREAD TO ME Project, Led by Kristy Grubbs